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Agriculture: Subsidies

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of England’s comparative performance against (a) other EU member states, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in making payments under the 2007 single payment scheme. (175614)

We have relatively little data at this stage on 2007 SPS payments made by other EU member states. However, all parts of the UK have either met or are on course to meet their targets. This includes England, where figures published by RPA for the end of December showed that full SPS payments amounting to over £497 million had been made to nearly 50,000 claimants. With payments having been initiated a month earlier than for the last scheme year, the Agency is currently on track to meet its targets for 2007 SPS of making 75 per cent. of the total value of payments by the end of March 2008 and 90 per cent. by the end of May 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value is of single farm payments made to farmers within Copeland since the payments began. (175935)

Detailed analysis of the total value of single farm payments made to farmers within Copeland since the payments began is not available. Once the remaining scheme payments have been completed, a decision will be taken on the level of detail that will be published.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of single farm payments owed to farmers within Copeland for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 has not yet been paid. (175936)

Detailed analysis of the percentage of single farm scheme owed to farmers within Copeland for 2005-06 and 2006-07 is not available. Once the remaining scheme payments have been completed, a decision will be taken on the level of detail that will be published.